The late guitar giant Lenny Breau was known for incorporating the intricate sounds of Bill Evans-style piano jazz, flamenco, country, and classical music both Western and Indian into a fingerstyle technique that became a sound all his own. Breau astounded other players with his mastery of hyper-efficient techniques to create deep and expansive listening experiences. In so many words, Chet Atkins, his longtime mentor and a surrogate father figure, referred to Breau as a comet just passing through our atmosphere. After mastering the harp-harmonic technique developed by Atkins, Breau took it to previously unimagined levels. He used sheets of cascading harmonics to create complex harmonies and melodies, and seamlessly wove their shimmering sounds into his arrangements and compositions.
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Fingerpicking Guitar sheet music. Saddle-stitched, Jazz, Solos. Book and online audio. Mel Bay Publications, Inc M. The late Lenny Breau was admired throughout the world for his complex fingerstyle jazz stylings. Written in notation and tablature. Contains Lenny's "master class" on fingerstyle jazz guitar. Includes access to online audio containing all but three of the songs in the book. To play the media you will need to update your Flash plugin.
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Fingerpicking Guitar sheet music. Saddle-stitched, Jazz, Solos. Book and online audio. Mel Bay Publications, Inc M. The late Lenny Breau was admired throughout the world for his complex fingerstyle jazz stylings.
How Did Lenny Breau Do That?
Perhaps one of the greatest jazz guitarists ever, Lenny Breau was anything but a purist and drew on a huge variety of influences including flamenco, classical music, Indian ragas, and of course, his true pedigree as the son of a pair of traveling Country musicians. Breau practiced obsessively from a very early age and dropped out of grade school to go on the road with the family band. His singular sound came out of similarly singular focus on music and a voracious appetite for different forms of guitar styles. This obsessiveness rendered him largely unable to cope with the more mundane aspects of everyday life and led to his lifelong addiction to drugs. There is clearly a downside to doing literally nothing but play guitar every day to the exclusion of all other things, but it definitely made him one of the most incredible guitarists on the planet. What can we learn from Lenny Breau that can take our own playing somewhere new?
Lenny Breau Fingerstyle Jazz
Lenny Breau: Fingerstyle Jazz
Breau blended many styles of music, including jazz , country , classical , and flamenco. Inspired by country guitarists like Chet Atkins , Breau used fingerstyle techniques not often used in jazz guitar. By using a seven-string guitar and approaching the guitar like a piano , he opened up possibilities for the instrument. From the mid to late s they played summer engagements in southern New Brunswick, advertising their performances by playing free programs on radio station CKCW Moncton. Lenny began playing guitar at the age of eight.